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British Waterways Archives

Information on the project funded in 2003 through the Full Disclosure programme.

This Project extended and enhanced the catalogue of British Waterways archives held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service: the largest accumulation of such records in a local record office. This collection was catalogued by a small team in Wakefield as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded British Waterways Virtual Archive Catalogue Project. This initiative, cited in the LIC's 1999 Full Disclosure report, creates an integrated, Internet-based access tool, allowing global access to catalogue data about waterways records at locations throughout the UK.

The Waterways Project was due to terminate at the end of October 2003. Extension for five months, to the end of March 2004, allowed:

  • fuller treatment of 18th-century material of particular historical significance
  • more detailed description of maps and plans, which hold wide public interest and appeal
  • coverage of related railway company records which are outside the scope of the Waterways Project

The full richness of the holding, revealed as never before, is available alongside similar materials held elsewhere, through the main British Waterways Virtual Archive Project. In addition, the data is integrated with the main catalogue of the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

Lead institution: West Yorkshire Archive Services

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